"Hubble's picture of .."Heaven's Gate"..." It's not a picture by Hubble, so it's fake.Yes, this is art, not straight-forward representation. I would not call it 'Fake' unless the one that created it passed it off as unaltered.
If someone else knowingly passes it off as a straight representation, he is lying, but the original is still art.
Actually, many astronomical color images are computer composites of monochrome images taken at various wavelengths. Researchers often adjust the color intensity, contrast and other aspects to make details stand out. These are not fake, nor are they really as representational as may seem.
"Hubble's picture of .."Heaven's Gate"..." It's not a picture by Hubble, so it's fake.
I am glad he posted it, too. It made me stop and think about what the City on the Hill actually will look like. I think it's beautiful.Most who analyze the picture can see that it has been manipulated (such as streaking the stars). The artist had no intention of passing it off as an un-manipulated image. So the image itself is not a fake. Its a piece of art. Like all better visual art, it communicates to the inner thoughts as well as to the eye.
And, I do not believe that the post on this site intentionally misrepresented it to anyone. It is just an attempt to share an image that, to a believer, inspires a sense of awe of God's creation, even if it is not strictly representational.
At most it was innocently miss-identified.
I am grateful to krossquad for posting it.